Grilled Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad

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Grilled vegetables from the farmers market shine in this vegetarian orzo pasta salad, perfect as a side dish or meatless main.

Grilled Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad
Grilled Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad

This delicious pasta salad is made with grilled vegetables tossed with orzo, fresh tomatoes, basil, and vinegar and oil. It’s an easy lunch to prep ahead for the week or served as a side dish with anything you’re grilling. Some other orzo recipes you should try are this Orzo with Zucchini and Tomato and Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo.

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This 3-piece grill pan (affil link) set is so useful for grilling vegetables all summer long.

Is orzo pasta?

Yes! Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that you cook in a pot of boiling water. Since we’re adding it to a cold salad for this recipe, rinse the orzo under cold water after draining it.

Orzo Salad Ingredients:

I used fresh vegetables that I found at the farmers market in this orzo salad, but feel free to swap any of them out if you find something that looks delicious at your market.

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Zucchini

I grilled all of the veggies in a grill basket except for the tomatoes. If you don’t have a grill, a grill pan or broiler works great too.

How long does orzo salad last in the fridge?

This orzo salad will last in the fridge for four to five days, making it great for meal prep.

Variations:

  • You can substitute the orzo with another type of small pasta, like elbow, farfalle, or orecchiette.
  • Add goat or feta cheese to the salad.
  • Swap the zucchini with yellow squash or the red onion with shallot.
  • Feel free to switch out the cherry tomatoes with grape tomatoes.
  • For an extra vegetable, throw in some chopped spinach.
  • If you want more fresh herbs, use parsley or oregano.

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Grilled Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad

267 Cals 6.5 Protein 39.5 Carbs 9 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Grilled vegetables from the farmers market shine in this orzo pasta salad, perfect as a side dish or meatless main.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta, wheat or gluten-free
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil spray
  • 1 small red onion, quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1 large, 10 ounce zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

Instructions

  • Cook orzo in salted water according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water, transfer to a large bowl and combine with tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of the oil and garlic.
  • Meanwhile spray the onions, bell peppers and zucchini with olive oil; season with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Grill vegetables on a grill basket over oiled grates, covered, (or broil 4 inches from flame) 10-12 minutes or until lightly charred and tender, turning halfway.
  • Set aside on a cutting board to cool slightly, then dice into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Toss with the remaining olive oil and vinegar and top with chopped basil.

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Nutrition

Serving: 11/3 cups, Calories: 267kcal, Carbohydrates: 39.5g, Protein: 6.5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4.5g
Keywords: easy summer pasta salad, orzo, vegan pasta salad, vegetarian pasta salad

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38 comments

  1. Can I use just fresh vegetables instead of grilling or roasting them ?

  2. WOW this was so simple and delicious! Roasted my veggies, and added the feta suggestion. Excellent, simple, wholesome!

  3. Delicious!  I love the flavors, the fresh vegetables and the dressing is very light.  This is a definite make again!

  4. This is outstanding.  I wanted to save some time and roasted my vegetables in my Foodi, precutting so I didn’t need to wait for everything to cool to cut.   I took this to a birthday party, and it was a huge hit.  I used Dellalo gluten free orzo, and I found this to be so deliciously satisfying.  

  5. I’ve made this recipe several times and played around with it. I’ve added spinach, broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, feta, goat cheese, cilantro, and other things in various combinations. I’ve used orecchiette, farfalle, and orzo. I’ve never actually grilled the veggies since I don’t have a grill, so I always roast them instead. My point is that this recipe is a great jumping off point to play around with (and to clean out your fridge and pantry). Cook any pasta, grill/roast any veggies, add any protein, mix with any oils and vinegars, garnish with any fresh herb. Serve warm, cold, or room temp. You can’t go wrong. Thanks for this one!

  6. Just made this and it was amazing! Thank you so much!❤️

  7. Another winner! This recipe had such simple ingredients but was full on flavour. Even my meat eater husband loved it. I broiled the veggies in the oven and added a little lemon juice and feta. 

  8. I have whole wheat orzo pasta which I get from Wegmans. Would the points go down under WW purple plan, since whole wheat pasta is 0 pts?  

  9. I felt like there wasn’t much flavor with just the red wine vinegar and olive oil so I added some lite Italian dressing and feta with my serving and it was delicious.

  10. My take will add points, but i cook the orzo, then  use: frozen corn, feta, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, red onion. Dressing is olive oil and the fresh juice of a lemon, plus grated rind, pepper, and salt. The key is to meld well, no less than two hours in the fridge.
    Almond slivers added to individual servings, perfection.

  11. We all liked this salad – used it for dinner one night and had enough for lunch the nest day. While we are working our way into eating mostly vegetarian meals, so added no meat, we all thought it would be delicious with some shrimp added. This will definately be added to our rotation.